It’s remarkable that The Last Jedi gives women the equality of storytelling treatment that it does, and a sad comment on gender in popular culture that so few Hollywood blockbusters reach even this low bar. But we should be cautious in interpreting this movie as a sign of general cultural progress, and wary of investing too much of our personal hopes in it, its director, or in Disney.
Almost all widely distributed movies are either capitalist fantasies or aristocratic fantasies.
Although race is a socially constructed identity, it is still a real force in society, and racism can exist without a specific intent be racist.
The same struggles that take place in the analog world also take place in the digital world. The two worlds are distinct, but not separate.
Hegemony functions most effectively when it operates below the level of conscious awareness.
Why would Superman choose to help others?
Read closely, Snyder’s Sucker Punch offers a radical-feminist deconstruction of female-protagonist action movies.
Beware of artists who say they’re not political. What that means is, they’re more political. Much more.
Batman’s villains embody anti-patriarchal force as pure essential evil. Batman rescues society from this evil. But it always returns.
Of course we want to believe that when the hero fights, he fights for us.